I love it when yogis don’t take themselves too seriously. Especially instructor yogis as they’re generally the most serious of the lot.
I had a little giggle to myself in last night’s Bikram class at Yo Yoga. We were doing one of the postures called half tortoise [think child’s pose but more intense] and one of the main objectives is to use your core and bring your forehead to touch the mat before your hands do.
Sounds pretty easy but when you’re barely managing to remember to breathe it becomes a little trickier.
So our instructor Alison is guiding us all through the posture, encouraging us to get forehead to mat and then she throws in
“But if you can’t that’s ok, it doesn’t make you a better person”
At that point I had to restrain from literally laughing out loud because I thought it was just too funny. And too true! Often because we achieve a certain goal, status or level we think it makes us better. What I like about yoga is that it reminds me that it’s not always the case. As soon as you overcome one obstacle, another one pops up right in front of you.
But that’s the challenge!